'The Pedaling Padre'
I don't think it's sad. I think it's maybe misplaced idealism to expect in cities that you should acknowledge everyone who rides a bike. You'd be nodding and greeting ad nauseam.....Now that I've taken to riding on shared paths in my early dotage you'll often get a hello from peds /riders but at gentleman's hours. Sometimes if the sacerdotal tradition wells up in me I may bestow a blessing for good path behaviour which often provokes a smile.
Far better than a bell and there's no charge for that type of indulgence.
strikes again !!
Atomic Kitten wrote:
Park_Ranger wrote:You may well be right but I reckon there is such a huge anti-cycling feeling around something needs to be done and it can only start with cyclists.....
Going to disagree. It's not huge, and it doesn't [have to] start with cyclists.
I agree with AK !
Maybe I'm just a cock-eyed optimist or a glass half-full type but I just don't get this 'huge anti-cycling feeling' vibe you speak about. Then again I'm not on the roads commuting any more, but that's just probably just commuters for you - they're either grumpy because they're going to work or grumpy because they've been there all day.
In any case if people don't want to chit-chat when cycling that's fine by me. I also like to ride solo occasionally for the peace, freedom and solitude, or in smallish groups. It's all a personal thing and not specific to cyclists per se. On the other hand, as someone pointed out, you tend to get what you give. Just don't expect
to get, and give your greetings freely anyway.